MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center has received the American Heart Association‘s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, as well as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association‘s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, according to a news release.

The awards recognize Long Beach Medical Center’s commitment to ensuring heart failure and stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.

Long Beach Medical Center earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure and stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients receive education on managing their overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, along with other care transition interventions.

“Long Beach Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure and stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines initiatives.

“With acute stroke care, time is brain. These tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

— Ike Mmeje, chief operating officer, Long Beach Medical Center

On the Honor Roll

Long Beach Medical Center also is recognized with the Association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, Target: Stroke Elite and Target: Type 2 Honor Roll awards. To qualify for these recognitions, Long Beach Medical Center must meet additional quality measures.

“We are pleased to recognize Long Beach Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure and stroke care.

“Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

— Lee H. Schwamm, MD, national chairperson, Quality Oversight Committee, and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

[Source(s): MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center, PR Newswire]

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